September 10, 2012
Amanda Schnieders, Kauffman Foundation
Media Weighs In as Pre-registration Closes
The ding of the closing bell sounded Sunday evening as the rally for Google Fiber closed at midnight. Community groups and efforts worked up until the final minutes, trying to get people pre-registered in fiberhoods that had yet to turn green. After all was said and done, Google announced that 180 of the 202 fiberhoods had turned green, and they were still double checking the numbers to make sure everything was correct. News outlets and blogs took to the keyboards to comment on the results and spread the news of Google's first fiber effort.
The Kansas City Star reported that those fiberhoods that fell short would be offered a second chance at gaining fiber capabilities.
reported that this chance will not be available for several months from now.
The New York Times
highlighted the efforts of the community groups that took to the streets to get people pre-registered for Google Fiber. The rally turned an additional forty fiberhoods green in the last days of the rally, pushing the Google Fiber success rate to almost 90 percent.
noted the addition of the National Football League (NFL) Network and NFL Redzone channels to Google's offered TV service. These additions could make them an even bigger competitor with Time Warner Cable.
commented on the glaring digital divide that Google's rally has shown still exists in Kansas City.
Acknowledging the snags in the rally's rules, Techcrunch
said Google sought to change some of the limitations in the final days.
Despite all comments, Google resounded with an exuberance of applause and gratitude on their fiber blog
, and plans to unveil the total number of green fiberhoods this Thursday as well as where Google Fiber will be installed first.